Task Management

Warren Buffet the Oracle of Omaha says the U.S. economy has plenty of runway left. “Right now, there’s no question: It’s feeling strong. I mean, if we’re in the sixth inning, we have our sluggers coming to bat right now,” Buffett said in an interview with Becky Quick on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”

 

However, they haven’t mentioned the personal cost and whether it’s sustainable. As it appears to me, our economy has been growing while most businesses have been struggling to find and train quality staff to handle the workload. As a result of that, all of us are doing more work faster and with less support. Simply put, we are all over-tasked and under-resourced.

 

In the midst of the hundreds of emails, the constant interruptions that we endure and the plethora of new requirements being thrown at us, we should keep in mind our core job objectives and goals. It’s so easy to get distracted as our inboxes flood with emails and as our phones buzz constantly with text messages. Time seems to evaporate as we chase each and every task, sometimes at the expense of our goals. Working on the goals and objectives related to our job descriptions and functions needs to find a place in the workday. Our job function might be derailed as we spend time satisfying small demands, which while important, fall outside of our objectives.

 

Sometimes simply stepping away from the clutter and putting what we want to accomplish on a piece of paper, a Post-it note or a dry erase board and prioritizing can make all the difference to our company and personal satisfaction.

 

I personally employ all three. I have a dry-erase board filled with reminders, Post-its all around my office and I’m constantly writing notes on paper to keep my objectives in mind. This helps me stay focused.

 

We can’t escape the volume of messages that come at us, but we can sometimes prioritize the more meaningful activities over the time-consuming tasks. If possible, it is good to discuss these things with your team and try to divide and conquer. When you can delegate subjects to team members who can respond more proactively and with less effort, everyone wins.

 

Sometimes, we just have to work late into the night and on the weekends to accomplish other necessary tasks so that we can focus on our objectives and goals throughout the workday. Most importantly, we have to keep our goals and objectives in the front of our minds if we hope to accomplish them.

 

-Stuart Glass

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